Pac-10 Trip Will Be 1st for Hilton Dawson

Sometimes JC players are prospects that qualified too late to garner an official offer and Cerritos S Hilton Dawson (6-1, 206) is just such a player.

He had an excellent season for the Falcons and now he's on the verge of his first official offer.

"I got cleared by the Clearinghouse too late so I didn't get an offer," Dawson told  "Oregon, Utah, San Jose State, Utah State and Boise State were the ones recruiting me up until then, but since I didn't get an offer I came to Cerritos."

Dawson, who prepped at Dominguez High in Los Angeles, led the Falcons with over 70 tackles and also posted three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries including one that he returned 50 yards for a touchdown.

"I played really well in the box this year," Dawson said.  "They used me up close to the line and at times, my aggressiveness got the best of me, but I learned from my mistakes and toward the end I was kinda in the zone as far as what I was supposed to do and knowing my assignments."

Washington has pursued the hard-hitting safety the most to this point and receivers coach Eric Yarber has scheduled a visit to Seattle for December 14th.

"I'm heading up there on the 14th and they said they'd probably offer me when I get up there," Dawson said.  "I'm excited to get in and see what they have to offer.  They said they really need a strong safety because they lost theirs to graduation and they need someone to step in and play and I like that."

Also on Dawson's radar are California, San Jose State and Boise State with the Spartans also verbally offering Dawson.

Because he is a full-qualifier, Dawson can leave at any time and he'll be eligible to be on campus in January for wherever he ends up and he'll have four years to play three.


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